Book Review-The-Red-Earth

This Red Earth

by

Kim Kelly

This Red Earth commences at the outbreak of, and during World War II.   In reality it is a story of a wartime romance in which we follow Bernadette’s (Bernie) and Gordon’s romance.  Their relationship and the war-time stresses it endures are central to the plot.

Gordon endeavours to avoid the conflict by finding a geologist’s job which sees him in Rabaul, while Bernie is at home trying to keep herself in work.  The long distance romance suffers when mail does not reach the recipient which draws conclusions, incorrectly, that love has fizzled out.

There are several reasons why I enjoyed This Red Earth. In no particular order they are; the era in which it was set; the main plot; it gave an insight into the lives of migrants and how they were treated during that conflict. Finally This Red Earth was a reasonably well paced story.

Most audiobooks tend to have one narrator reading the lines of both genders.  This Red Earth, consisted of two fairly distinct story lines used a male and female narrator.  Listeners are left in no doubt as to which or whose, story they are listening to.  Good narrators are the backbone of any novel in my opinion.

I think

This Red Earth

is a

read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

This Red Earth

 an average of 4.16 stars from

63 ratings and 15 reviews

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Book-Review-The-Mermaids-Daughter

The Mermaid’s Daughter

by

Ann Claycomb

 

 

There are not many books that I do not persevere with, and even less that I ‘toss out’.  However, The Mermaid’s Daughter by Ann Claycomb joined this small group  of  ‘toss outs’.

I had forty-minute round trip drive with a new ‘book’.  So I commenced The Mermaid’s Daughter and noted that there were multiple narrators; four, to be precise.

The narrator had lost me within two sentences.  I groaned at the detailed description of a cocktail party where ‘real glasses’ were being used ‘not plastic’.  The next sentence was describing a prepubescent male body and I am not going back to see if my hearing was impaired.  To the best of my knowledge there was no segue, or link, between ‘real glasses’ and prepubescence.

Shortly thereafter, and as I began my return twenty-minute drive, the next chapter began with a new narrator.   That was the end of it.  I pull over and selected another book.  I have often stated that narrators can make or break a book.
The two narrators I heard did nothing to help this book.  The Mermaid’s daughter may be a good read however, in my opinion, the audio version failed.

While writing I have noticed that The Mermaid’s Daughter is described as ‘Chick Lit, Fables & Fairytales, Literary Fiction’.  I have read some authors who write ‘chick lit’ and I will admit to enjoying those books.  However, had I noted ‘fables, fairytales and, Literary Fiction,’ I would not have borrowed this book.

A book I do not finish can only rate one star.

My ‘one star’ rating joins 44 other like minded Goodreads Readers.

I think

The Mermaid’s Daughter

is aaudio book.

However, my rating is based

on a very small part of the book

At the time of writing my review

Goodreads readers have rated

The Mermaid’s Daughter

an average of 3.69 stars,

from 1,443 ratings and 307 reviews.

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The Mermaid’s Daughter

can be purchased online at

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Book-Review-People-of-Heaven

People of Heaven

by

Beverley Harper

People of Heaven sat on my iPod for at least a year before I listened to it.  But it was worth the wait.   I have rated People of Heaven as one of my all-time favourites and definitely the favourite of my four of Beverley Harper books to date.

People of Heaven had me hooked in the first couple of minutes when the author described a young rhinoceros giving birth, to the culmination of the epilogue.  In between there appeared no topic was off-limits.  Plantation life and the treatment of native Africans, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, inter-racial friendships in an apartheid driven era, sex addiction, guerrilla warfare and plain straight out murder were all dealt with in a way that was meaningful and realistic.

Narrator, Jerome Pride, must be applauded for his reading of People of Heaven.   Whether it was an Indian, Scottish, Australian accent or one of several South African accents he made them sound authentic to my ear.

People of Heaven, contains some lines and characters which, made me smile and at times those who made me feel sad.  As a story, it flowed along at a nice pace and never did I feel that there was ‘padding’ involved.

 

I think

People of Heaven

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is a

read.

At the time of writing

Goodreads readers have rated

People of Heaven

an average of 4.23 stars

from 173 ratings and 6 reviews

People of Heaven

can be purchased on-line at

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Book Review-True-Colours


True Colours

by

Kristin Hannah

 

True Colours was my first novel written by Kristin Hannah, however, I’m sure that it will not be my last.

True Colours revolves around a family whose ancestors were the founders of a small town in Washington State, USA, and the family is highly respected within this town.

The off-spring whose lives we follow are three strong-willed sisters.  All three have differing personalities, different strengths and different weaknesses, as would be found in any family.  And it is the weaknesses and strengths of sisters, Winona, Aurora and Vivi Ann that makes True Colours so believable.

Vivi Ann, the youngest of the trio, marries Dallas against her father’s wishes.  Many of the locals were not happy with her choice of husband and made life difficult for them.  So, when a local identity was murdered all were quick to point the finger and subsequently convict Dallas, who claimed innocence.

I found this a thoroughly enjoyable story, just for the story itself and also because I could identify with a major section of the plot.  I spent the last six years of my working life teaching in a maximum security correctional facility.

Definitely a solid four star read.

At the time of writing Goodreads readers

Goodreads readers have rated 

True Colours an average of 3.92 stars,

from 40,262 ratings and 3,078 reviews.

I rated

True Colours

a solidread.

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Book Review-Meant-To-Be

 

Meant To Be 

(Button Jar  #3)

by

Fiona McCallum

(Goodreads Author)

Meant To Be carries where book 2 in the series left off. The main difference being that Meant To Be spans around a year, although that does include several months with the turn of a page.

Settling back into the farm with Jake sees Emily focussing on rebuilding her dream cottage, only not to be a bed and breakfast as initially planned.  Also in Meant To Be we finally see Emily standing up for herself, making her own decision.  Although she does still procrastinate and rely on friends and neighbours.  No spoilers…

David and Barbara are still her best friends an Emily comes to their rescue when they are facing a tough period in their lives and a little earlier Emily realises that she is not as alone as she first thought as local townsfolk rally to help with some of her projects.

Again, narrator Jennifer Vuletic must receive accolades for her narration of Meant To Be.  She has a remarkable vocal range assuming she provide all character voices.  I have commented more than once that a narrator can make or break an audiobook.

Fiona McCallum’s books are an easy read, set in Australia and often it is easy to identify with, or remember someone who was ‘just like that’ in my home town.

I like reading/listening to, Australian authors and stories and as previously mentioned Jennifer Vuletic is brilliant in making Wattle Creek come alive.

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Goodreads readers have rated

Meant To Be 

an average of 

3.95 stars

from 320 ratings and 37 reviews 

 I have rated 

Meant To Be

solidread.

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Meant To Be 

can be purchased online at 

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Book Review-A-French-Connection


A French Connection

(Broken Vows Trilogy Book 3)

by

Marty Langenberg

Should you have previously read this review my apologies. 

I cannot find a review for ‘A French Connection’ anywhere on my blog,

however I read it in mid 2018.

I read A French Connection not long after I returned from my second visit to France and although that trip to France did not see Paris and the Palace of Versailles on my itinerary, they were definitely a major part A French Connection (The Broken Vows Trilogy, #3) by Marty Langenberg.

With memories of Paris and Versailles (during my first visit) still deeply etched in mind A French Connection had my attention in the first few pages.

A French Connection sees Pennie and her son (Daniel) moving to Paris together with her friend Chris, because of the latter’s desire to further his career opportunities through study at the ISIPCA (Institut Supérieur International du Parfum), the world-famous school for people looking for a career in Perfume, Cosmetics and Food Flavours.

A French Connection has a strong link to The Baby Farm (Book 2 of the Trilogy) with a bad guy surfacing and up to no good in Paris. While the bad guy may provide a link between two books, his appearance is not the crux of the story.   A French Connection revolves around how these three survived in Paris.

If this happens to be the first time reading a review of mine, please consider reading the Broken Vows trilogy and novella in sequence. A French Connection could be read as a standalone novel, however, there are characters that ‘pop up’ (for lack of a better phrase) briefly, or not so briefly, in A French Connection and all are thoroughly introduced in early books.

When trying to liken Marty’s work to another author, the first name which came to mind was James Patterson. Both authors produce fast paced, interesting and easy reads. I am fairly confident that if you are a James Patterson fan, as am I, you will enjoy the Broken Vows Trilogy.

I hope Marty has another story in the pipeline as I am enjoying the other side of a former work colleague.

Finally, I must declare that I know and worked with Marty

for several years before he retired.

However, I believe this has not clouded my review.

 

Definitely a

read.

A French Connection: Roses & Jasmine, Ambergris & Musk, The Science of Scent and more (The Broken Vows Trilogy Book 3) by [Langenberg, Marty]

A French Connection

can be purchased on-line at 

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Book Review-Time-Will-Tell

 

Time Will Tell 

(Button Jar  #2)

by

Fiona McCallum

Still small town Wattle Creek, Time Will Tell picks up where Saving Grace left off.  In fact both books only cover a period of about two months.

Emily struggles financially as she was bullied into signing a less than desirable financial settlement by husband John.  She regrets not consulting a lawyer and then repeats the same, or similar, mistake several more times.  In fact those times I found her decision making extremely frustrating.

Before the demise of her marriage, Emily had dreamed of opening a B&B in a small stone cottage on the farm, until John razed it to the ground.  This dream continued with her new home; however she was only renting, struggling and worrying about her finances, or lack thereof.

An option to purchase her rental, on good terms, was too good to pass and all seemed to be looking up, until….

Tragedy and a new love develop roughly, very roughly, about the same time.  Will the new love work out?  Only time will tell.

Again Narrator Jennifer Vuletic is to be showered with kudos for her narration and her character voices which aids greatly in identifying each character and therefore, the overall enjoyment of Time Will Tell.

Time Will Tell is book two of the Button Jar Trilogy and, therefore, is not my first nor will it be my last review of Fiona McCallum’s offerings.

If you enjoy Australian fiction, you will enjoy Fiona McCallum’s work.

Goodreads readers have rated

Time Will Tell 

an average of 

3.93 stars

from 415 ratings and 56 reviews 

 I have rated 

Time Will Tell

solidread.

Time Will Tell

Time Will Tell 

can be purchased on-line at 

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